Most school districts in San Diego County – and throughout the state – struggle with declining enrollment. But the city of San Marcos’ population has more than doubled since 1990, and that’s meant lots of new students for San Marcos Unified, which has to constantly find space for its growing student body.
San Diego Unified is touting a new report it says disproves VOSD’s reporting on the district’s graduation rate. The report’s authors, however, say it doesn’t disprove anything. Here’s what the new report really found.
San Diego Unified and schools across the state are updating their sex ed curriculum in accordance with a new state law. Often, though, districts don’t get guidance on how to implement changes until long after they’re supposed to be in place.
The debate over when to begin the school year has been happening across the country for decades.
Special education costs are increasing across the state. State funds for special education are inequitably distributed, so sometimes the districts with the highest needs are getting less money per student than districts with lower needs.
Private schools in California have been facing a steady decline in enrollment for more than a decade.
The City Council already rejected a proposal earlier this year to reform local school board elections, but was forced to discuss the issue again this week thanks to a Grand Jury report on San Diego Unified’s board election process.
In 2016-2017, although Latinos make up more than 44 percent of the overall enrollment at San Diego Unified, they made up only 33 percent of the GATE program. For black students, the disproportionality is even worse, with an 8 percent overall enrollment rate, but only a 3 percent enrollment in the GATE program.
Restorative justice programs represent a fundamental cultural shift in the way schools view behavioral issues and discipline. The district has taken many steps to embrace restorative programs, but they’re limited by a lack of funds and staff.
San Diego Unified has said the high number of teacher retirements could mean schools in wealthier neighborhoods may be impacted by the turnover just as much as low-income schools. But even once layoff notices are rescinded, the process has a bigger impact on low-income schools, which tend to have more junior employees.